Budle Farm plans are withdrawn

The former stackyard, Budle Farm, where holiday homes were planned

The former stackyard, Budle Farm, where holiday homes were planned

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Plans to build eight holiday homes on a former stackyard at Budle Farm have been withdrawn.

The application had been recommended for refusal by county planners.

The proposal by Country and Coastal Homes Group had split opinion in the local community

While some said it would be good for the area’s tourism economy, others felt it would spoil the landscape.

In a report to Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee, senior planning officer Tony Lowe, said: “The proposal is considered to represent an unacceptable form of development that would adversely impact the character and appearance of the AONB and fail to visually integrate into the landscape.”

He acknowledges the high standard of both the design and finish but believes they do not overcome the fundamental issue of the impact the increase to the built environment will have on the local area.

The application had met with 20 objections from local residents, the parish council and the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership.

However, eight letters of support point out the applicant has been involved in two very successful local developments at Mizen Court in Bamburgh and the Village Farm in Seahouses.

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